Planning on attending the 2013 ABAA NY Antiquarian and Fine Press Book Fair?


The 2013 book event of the year is just a few days away! Thousands will pour into the Park Avenue Armory to experience antiquarian books and ephemera from around the globe. Some like to browse aimlessly, while others have a concrete plan of attack. If you’re the type that wants to formulate a game plan beforehand, here are some Bookseller catalogues that have been released early, so you can create the mightiest of Wish Lists:

Lorne Blair Rare Books

Sanctuary Books

Jeff Hirsch Books

Athena Rare Books—

Simon Beattie

W.P. Watson Antiquarian Books—

Blackwell’s Rare Books–

Kaaterskill Books–

Suzanne Schulz-Falster–

James Cummins Bookseller–

Jeremy Norman & Co., Inc. []—

B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts—

Leo Cadogan Rare Books–

The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.–

Peter Harrington—


As they come in, I’ll attempt to update the list! See you there! If you are vending at the fair, please include a link to your catalogue in the Comments section! 

the further evolution of CBGB?

A 1977 photo of CBGB, which operated on the Bowery from 1973 to 2006. Owners of the club’s assets are now planning a festival and seeking to revive it at a new site. Courtesy of The New York Times.

For the last six years the name CBGB has been little more than a logo on T-shirts for young people in the East Village. Now a group of investors has bought the assets of that famous punk-rock club, whichclosed in 2006, and plans to establish an ambitious music festival this summer, with an eye toward reopening the club at a new downtown location.

Full New York Times article HERE

Women circus performers and the Suffrage movement in NYC

The Bowery Boys have just published an interesting article that tickles my fancy in so many respects! It’s an amazing collection of women’s rights, New York City politics, New York City history, AND CIRCUS HISTORY. Oh man, I’ll read anything that relates to the circus.

These guys know their stuff, too. Enjoy, and be sure to follow their podcast (which is excellent), and keep tabs on their Facebook, Twitter, and blog.

The famed Barnum & Bailey's presented an elaborate Cleopatra-themed stage show during its 1912 season, featuring over 1,500 performers. The show had debuted just the week before at Madison Square Garden. Courtesy of The Bowery Boys blog.

As the Barnum and Bailey troop traversed through New York city en route to their Big Apple performance space at Madison Square Garden, they became aware of the political bustling around them. The Women’s Suffrage Movement was creating quite a stir with the city’s women of power, and B&B’s female staff could not help but become enthralled by their activism. When word got out to the public that there was a stir at the circus, the public was less-than-enthusiastic for their support.

Modern women activists of the day were happy to see any headlines relating their cause, as long as the environment was a respectable one. The circus was not one of those environs. Then consider that most newspapers were operated by men and read by men. While some progressive sheets supported suffrage, several chose to cast the cause in a satirical light where possible. The ladies of Barnum & Bailey gave reporters a particularly ripe opportunity for a little spoofing.

Clearly flustered by the appearance of the press — the society ladies of the suffrage movement did not consider a circus ring an appropriate political venue — Jones repeatedly asked the ladies if they were serious, then dispensed advice on how to conduct themselves as standard-bearers of the roving suffragist cause.

Men working against women; women working against women–and why? Social respectability and grace? Good thing there were some ladies that saw through the code of manners and understood that they needed to work together for the greater cause!

From Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins, 1964

Read more on The Bowery Boys blog, and celebrate history with a dash of excitement! Thanks, guys!

New York Bound Books- now digital!

New York Bound Books once called Rockefeller Plaza their home. Since 1997, however, when they lost their lease, they’ve been building their online presence by documenting the very city they call home. From the website:

As if on cue, when the bookshop closed, I began an annotated reference and guide of the city’s literature from its pre-settlement days to 1950, with descriptions as well as excerpts and illustrations to bring old New York to life. The content is based on New York books and ephemera I came across and catalogued for more than thirty years, as well as knowledge gleaned from dealers’ rare book catalogues, newspaper articles, illustrations and other oddments I saved since the South Street Seaport days. In short, this part of the website is a “bibliopedia” of New York writings., however, will offer much more than bibliographical material. There will be links to relevant booksellers, libraries, archives, institutions and other websites that are largely obscure. New York Boundpublished four books of New York interest in the past, and this tradition will continue.

New York City history thrives on the voices of those who lived it. Every member of this diverse community understands the gradual evolution of their surroundings, and how throughout those changes, small pockets of the original city peek through, maintaining the struggles that transpired along the way.

Please frequent for more historical and current NYC musings. I know I will!